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ExtraBITS for 4 July 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Jason Snell argues in favor of the iPhone’s headphone jack, Evernote makes some controversial changes, and Amazon introduces a new Page Flip feature to most of the Kindle ecosystem.

Why the iPhone Headphone Jack Should Stay — One of the hot-button debates in the Apple community revolves around rumors that Apple is planning to drop the headphone jack from the next iPhone. Many have argued that it’s the natural course of things for Apple, a company that prides itself on minimalism. But at Six Colors, Jason Snell has countered every one of the arguments against the headphone jack. In short, removal of the headphone jack wouldn’t make the iPhone thinner or audio quality better, and it would just inconvenience users.

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Evernote Raises Prices, Downgrades Free Plan — Note-taking service Evernote has made some changes that are sure to be unpopular with users. First, while the free Basic tier is sticking around, it will now be limited to only two devices, whereas you could previously sync with unlimited devices. Second, both paid tiers are going up in price: Plus climbs from $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year to $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year, while Premium rises from $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year to $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Evernote is hoping to increase revenues amid a variety
of executive departures and the elimination of a string of unprofitable projects.

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Amazon Introduces Page Flip for Kindle — Amazon has introduced a new Page Flip feature for its Kindle e-readers and the Kindle apps for iOS and Android, although it doesn’t appear in the Mac version. Page Flip is designed to let you save your place so you can quickly flip elsewhere in the book and then back, much as you would do by holding your spot in a paper book with a finger. Page Flip also includes a contact sheet mode that Amazon is calling a “bird’s eye view.” The Page Flip feature is available only in books that have it enabled, although Amazon claims that’s “millions of
books” — supported books have a “Page Flip: Enabled” tag in their listings.

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